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Shades of Tom Cruise in "Minority Report."

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on February 19, 2006

Multi-touching sensing is an innovative concept best seen most recently in the movie, Minority Report. People at NYU appear to have come up with amazing results in this space. Check it out and play the video on the top right to the end. Just amazing.

Here is what they say about multi-touch sensing. “While touch sensing is commonplace for single points of contact, multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time, as in chording and bi-manual operations. Such sensing devices are inherently also able to accommodate multiple users simultaneously, which is especially useful for larger interaction scenarios such as interactive walls and tabletops.”

Very cool.

Reader Comments

Douglass Turner

February 20, 2006 1:21 PM

Touch screens are one of those technologies that demo well but have formidable challenges when set free "in the wild":

- Granularity. Tapping and dragging is a course style of interaction. Big fat buttons, etc. The fine grained manipulations we take for granted are a real challenge. Pressure sensitivity is horrendously fickle to get right.

- Screens get dirty. Kids have sticky fingers. Using a more durable protective layer above the LCD introduces "angle of attack" problems to the touching task.

- Physical real estate is dear.

- Arm fatigue is an issues for prolonged use.

Doug Turner
skype: dduuggllaa

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